During my semester spring break in March 2020, my husband and I traveled to Cleveland, Ohio, to visit our daughter to celebrate her birthday. Our son also joined us. On the way, we heard reports of a COVID virus on National Public Radio. At that time reporters and medical professionals were concerned but not panicked. They recommended the usual flu precautions: hand washing, staying home when ill, the usual. As my husband drove, I began looking for hand sanitizer on my cell phone, thinking I would order some to have it around, given the hand-washing recommendations. On one site, the hand sanitizer was sold out; on another, sellers were charging exorbitant prices, which would only get more exorbitant over the next several days. (I later learned that two of my fellow Kentuckians had bought up large quantities of sanitizers, disinfecting sprays, and the rarest item of the early days of...

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